As we Spring ahead, here is what is happening at the Web Marketing Association.
2014 WebAwards Underway
The Web Marketing Association is pleased to announce the call for entries for its 18th annual international WebAward competition. The WebAwards are the standards-defining competition that sets industry benchmarks based on the seven criteria of a successful Web site. It recognizes the individual and team achievements of Web professionals all over the world who create and maintain outstanding Web sites. The deadline for entry for the 2014 WebAwards is May 30, 2014.
Entering is easy. Simply create a nominator account or log into an existing account from past years. This password protected area will allow you to enter multiple sites, edit the information up to when the judging begins and receive updates, results and feedback on your entries throughout the competition.
Each year, many agencies and some corporations win multiple awards and deserve additional recognition. This year, we will recognize each organization that wins 6 or more WebAwards with an Outstanding Interactive Developer trophy. In 2013, there were 19 agencies recognized with this prestigious award. Interactive and advertising agencies that win a 2014 WebAward will automatically be included in the Award Winning Agency Database with a free premium listing as well.
The 2014 WebAwards are sponsored by the following leading organizations: Burst Media, EContent Magazine, ExactTarget, ad:tech conferences, Webmaster Radio, and Website Magazine. The Web Marketing Association thanks these companies for their commitment to the entire online marketing community.
2014 WebAward Judges Needed
Each year we add several new judges to the WebAward Judges panel in order to handle the increased number of entries and replace judges that are not able to participate this year. If you, or someone you know, would like to be considered as a WebAward Judge, please complete the Judges Nomination Form. All it takes is a strong understanding of Web development and a desire to help give back to the online marketing community to which you belong.
2014 IAC Awards Winners Announced
The Web Marketing Association recently announced the winners of its 12th annual Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards, an effort to honor excellence in online advertising and to recognize the individuals and organizations responsible for the best in Internet marketing. The IAC Awards are the first and only industry-based advertising award competition dedicated exclusively to online advertising. The Competition web site with a complete list of winners is located at www.IACAward.org.
2014 Best of Show Awards were awarded in each of the online medium categories. This year's winners are:
INNOCEAN USA is recognized with the 2014 Top Agency Award, winning 18 IAC Award winning entries. Their awards include a Best of Show award, 14 Best of Industry awards and 4 Outstanding awards, earning them 100 points towards the Top Agency Award.
18 additional organizations were recognized as Outstanding Advertising Developers in the 2014 IAC Awards for winning 6 or more awards. They are: Acxiom (16), POSSIBLE (15), RED Interactive Agency (11), Marcus Thomas LLC (10), BlueRush (10), TBWA\Tequila (9), Scorpion Design, Inc. (8), Overdrive Interactive (8), Conde Nast Marketing Solutions (8), TMP Worldwide (7), SapientNitro (7), These Days Y&R (6), TEB (6), Sanky Communications, Inc. (6), Lowe Campbell Ewald (6), Imaginuity (6) and A&E (6)
We would like to congratulate all of our winners and to offer special thanks to the team of esteemed judges who evaluated many excellent entries to select the winners.
IAC Awards Production Update
The physical awards for the winners of the 2014 IAC Awards are in production and should start shipping in the next several weeks. Once we have a firm date, we will post it to the WMA Blog. Once we have competed the production of the initial awards, we will start the production on the additionally ordered awards. If you would like an additional award personalized for clients, senior management, team members or yourself, please go to www.webaward.org/order.asp and place your order.
WebAward Competition - The 2014 WebAward Competition 18th annual Call for Entries is now underway. The entry deadline is May 30, 2014.
MobileWebAwards - -- 2014 MobileWebAwards competition will begin it's next call for entries in August.
Interactive Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards - -- The 12th annual IAC Awards winners are now posted. Congratulations to our 2014 winners!
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The Web Marketing Association supports several important industry conferences. Here are some of the events you should consider attending his year.
SMX London is programmed by the sharpest minds and most experienced team in search marketing. Together, Search Engine Land editor-in-chief Danny Sullivan and executive editor Chris Sherman have covered the topics, interviewed the news makers and educated generations of search marketers. Enter the code "WMA14" when you sign up and receive a 15% discount.
Here are some industry publications that are must-reads for all Internet marketing professionals.
If you're not already getting Website Magazine, you should be. There's no charge within the US and available for a small fee outside the U.S.(covers the extra shipping). It has great in depth articles that are helpful and well written. Use this link to sign up to receive the next issue.
Take your 'Net presence to the next level with Website Magazine Pro subscription, a digital publication distributed to over 145,000 Internet industry insiders. Receive practical guidance on search marketing, social media, web design, software and more each month. For just $44.95/yr, you'll have access to the techniques, trends and tactics you need to accelerate your Web success.
Website Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Pete Prestipino has also published a companion book for those looking to master the fundamentals of Web success. A perfect Internet training tool, Web 360 from Website Magazine covers a wide range of topics, from domain names and hosting to email and analytics and nearly everything else in between. Learn more at www.Web360book.com.
EContent is a leading authority on the businesses of digital publishing, media, and marketing, targeting executives and decision-makers in these fast-changing markets. By covering the latest tools, strategies, and thought-leaders in the digital content ecosystem, EContent magazine and EContentmag.com keep professionals ahead of the curve in order to maximize their investment in digital content strategies while building sustainable, profitable business models. Subscribe to EContent Magazine today.
WebMaster Radio is advertising supported radio. Be sure to check out the advertising opportunities on Webmaster Radio.
Award Winning Agency Database
If you have not done so yet, be sure to check out the Award Winning Interactive Agency Database or AWAdb. Inclusion in the website is free if you qualify and listings are automatically upgraded to the Premium Level if the agency has won an award from the WMA in the past year (Another great reason to enter the WebAwards this year!).
If you are looking for an agency to help with your interactive marketing needs, you can search thousands of full service advertising agencies and interactive agencies that been recognized by major award programs for their outstanding interactive work. The AWAdb can be searched by several fields that are cumulative in helping to narrow your search quickly. Visitors can search by agency name, location, languages, or even specialty. The site also offers an Interactive Agency Map that allows the user to click on the geographic area they are interested in and drill down to see the exact locations of various award winning agencies.
By now you should have already seen the new daily newsletter created for the Web Marketing Association by SmartBrief, Inc. Knowledgeable editors handpick key articles from hundreds of publications, summarize them and provide direct links to the original sources that will provide you with the daily web development and marketing news that really matters.
If you are not subscribed yet you can Subscribe to the WMA SmartBrief here.
If you are interested in advertising in the WMA SmartBrief, the only way to reach our members, please contact Dena Malouf, SmartBrief Association Publisher at 202-407-7837.